GFCF Recipes

GFCF Recipes

10.27.2008

GFCF Sloppy John Joes Burgers

Gotta love that name. That's what my oldest daughter calls Sloppy Joes. And, she calls it a burger because that's how I make it for her. I tried the real Sloppy Joe recipe for them, thinking it'd be an easy and economical meal that they'd enjoy. But, no dice. They can't deal with the loose meat and then they didn't like the GF buns that I made for them and then they didn't like just having a pile of loose meat on their plates. So, I gave up on that for a while. But, now, I've simply revised the recipe by merging burgers and joes. It's the taste, just in a burger.

So, either use your own Joe recipe or try this simple one.

1 lb ground beef
1 good squirt of ketchup -- probably about 1/4 cup.
1/2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perkins)
1 dash of ground red pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Now, combine everything together and make about 4-5 burger patties. Bake on 350 for about 20 mins. Serve as you would a regular burger.

10.23.2008

Allergy book for kids

As if there aren't enough challenges finding and making foods for your children on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Toss in a few added food allergies or intolerances and life can be difficult, at the least.

And then, there's trying to explain to your child why he or she cannot eat the same foods that most of the other kids enjoy. Pizza. Ice cream. Grilled cheese. Oreos. Etc.

I'm trying to explain this to my young daughters now. Through a friend, I've found a great book that helps young children understand and accept the food issues they face.

It's called "One of the Gang" and it's authored by Gina Clowes. You can find this on Amazon by clicking here.

If you're having difficulty explaining this to your kids or find they are having a difficult time accepting their issues, this book might help.

10.14.2008

GFCF pumpernickel bread

For some reason, my kids don't like light-colored bread. They'll go for dark-colored breads every time. There's a GFCF bread on the market that's made from a red rice that they like, but it has yeast in it and my youngest can't tolerate yeast very well. So, I set out to make my own yeast-free GFCF pumpernickel bread. I did it. Here's the recipe. This makes two loaves. I froze one and I'm using the other. I'm gonna tinker with this recipe more, so I'll update the blog if I can improve it.

Ingredients
2 flax eggs ( see my recipe)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup GF molasses
1.5 cups water
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 cups corn starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/4 cup corn meal
1.5 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
4 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get out two larger mixing bowls.
Make the flax eggs in the microwave and let those sit for 5 mins.
Meanwhile, in one bowl, add the water, oil, vinegar, molasses and juice. Stir.
In another bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the flax egg.
Mix on a low speed until combined.
Note -- this will be thicker than pancake or cake batter. If it really seems too dry, add a little water.
I greased two bread pans with Spectrum organic shortening and I split the dough between them. I flattened the dough using a wet spatula.
I baked in the oven for about 50 mins. After 45 mins, I checked every 5 mins. until a toothpick came out of the center clean.
That's it.
Let cool after baked, put on a rack to cool.

I might tinker with the flour mixtures. Sorghum works well, but I'm sure you could use buckwheat flour, for example, or brown rice too. I might try brown rice mixed with sorghum next time. I might add some potato starch instead of all corn starch to moisten the bread. I'll let you know.
Also, there's golden and dark flax. I just used ground golden flax because that's what I had in the house. The dark flax obviously would go better with the dark color of the bread. I grind it up in a coffee grinder.
I use the carob powder because one of my girls cannot handle the cocoa.

So, I hope you enjoy this bread. My youngest loves it with GF salami and mustard.